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Features of the Chinese path

Source: Understanding China -- 70 Years of Progress and Development Updated: 2020-11-20

In recent years, as China's overall national strength and international status have improved, there has been much discussion and research on "Beijing Consensus", "China Model", and "The Chinese Path." Many praise our accomplishments, but there is still skepticism, and the Chinese path is misrepresented as "capital socialism", or even as "state capitalism" or "neo-bureaucratic capitalism". These descriptions are completely off the mark. Our path is a Chinese path: it is a socialist path with Chinese characteristics, built with the hard work and extensive practice of the Chinese people.


Foreign political leaders visiting a central government department 

So, what exactly is it? 

It is based on practice, the foundation of all human society and the source of social change. Without practice, the Chinese way becomes an empty mirage. Many years of exploration and application have improved and widened it. General plans and clear goals have emerged from its fruits. These include deeper interpretation of the CPC's leadership, adherence to our fundamental goals, and elaboration of the "five-pronged overall approach". All are enriched by China's practice, and will be the source of further development. 

It is guided by theoretical thinking. Throughout the years of revolutionary struggle, rebuilding and reform, there have been times of success and periods of confusion and failure. However Marxist theory has always given us clarity and perspective, enabling us to move ahead. The difference between the Chinese way and others is precisely this reliance on a guiding theory that explicates rules and patterns, so that unified action in a clear direction becomes possible. 

It is guaranteed by institutions and systems, as governing a country needs sound systems. Well-conceived institutions are essential for continuity, stability and order. Over the past 70 years, we have worked hard to improve and grow socialist systems and institutions in the areas of economy, politics, culture, society, the environment, and Party building. There is now a well-established overall framework which underpins China's development. We will continue to modernize the systems of governance and upgrade their capabilities, so they will become more rational, consistent, encompassing, and mature. 

It has a strong cultural root. For any nation, culture is as vital as its blood system or genetic configuration. It is the nourishment that feeds the national spirit. The Chinese path draws on this cultural sustenance and wisdom to create and grow strong. The culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics is shaped on the one hand by traditional culture, on the other by years of revolution and the theories of modern socialism. It has been forged in adversity and suffering, and is a new addition to the many glorious civilizations of mankind. These sources give it staying power, richness, vigor and dynamism. 

The Chinese path is both rich and diverse. Its many aspects are closely inter-connected. Successful practice is elevated to theory, which in turn guides new practice. At the same time, effective policies and measures are incorporated into the Party and national institutions. This emphasis on the basic, long-term role of culture gives the Chinese path a special appeal, and is why this Chinese solution will advance human civilization. 

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